A COELIAC sufferer has left her job in teaching to set up her own gluten free restaurant in the heart of Leeds.
Victoria Hall, 27, packed up her job as a teacher to open 2 Oxford Place, which is nestled next to Leeds Town Hall.
She said: “A lot of places are offering gluten free but there is always a risk of cross-contamination and you can’t always be 100 per cent safe and free from gluten.
“I just wanted to give people that peace of mind.
“I am coeliac myself and it was always a case of ‘what can I have’ rather than ‘what would I like to have’?
“There doesn’t have to be a difference.”
The cosy 50-cover restaurant caters for lunch, brunch, afternoon tea, sharing platters and three course meals.
Victoria can be found in the kitchen every morning baking the bread herself.
The restaurant boasts a 100 per cent gluten free kitchen, which Victoria believes is a first for Leeds.
She said: “I thought there was a real niche to be explored.”
Victoria added: “Leeds is really up and coming and vibrant and there is a brilliant foodie culture.
“There aren’t any other restaurants like this in the area.
“There are less than five in the country, as far as I’m aware.”
Before setting up the restaurant, she set up the Victoria Sponge Bakery in London, which provided gluten free cupcakes and supplied whole foods supermarkets.
Supporting the Leeds venture are Victoria’s parents and business partners, Arthur and Glenda Hall.
For more about the restaurant, visit http://2oxfordplace.com.